anonymous asked:

hey i was wondering what your personal favorite sirius/remus fics are

There are so many. I limited myself to twenty here, but you can find more under the tag personal favorite. Thanks for asking! :)


the 100 and history


Emperor Hadrian’s young lover: Antinous. 

Who exactly was this guy, how did he mysteriously die, and why do we find hundreds of portraits of him throughout the Roman Empire?

We don’t actually know a lot about Antinous as a person himself. We do know that he was a Greek from western Asia Minor, but it remains unclear as to whether he was even a slave, or free. Roman emperor Hadrian probably meet Antinous when he toured the region in 123 AD -if this is the case, then their relationship probably lasted for several years. 

With a lack of historical information to record, I now move to the death of Antinous. His death essentially remains a mystery to us, and has become shrouded in imaginative myth, but we do have a few historical leads. During the year 130, Hadrian and his entourage spent a considerable about of time in Egypt, and at one point, traveled up the Nile to Hermpolis. The Egyptians celebrated the traditional festival of the Nile on the 22nd of October, and then, a few days later, they commemorated the death (by drowning in the river), and subsequent rebirth of the Egyptian god Osiris. This is possibly the day that Antinous died.

It is mostly agreed upon that Antinous drowned. However, the nature of this drowning remains ambiguous. Roman historian Cassius Dio (155-235 AD) reports the following on the matter:

“[Antinous] had been a favourite of the emperor and had died in Egypt, either by falling into the Nile, as Hadrian writes, or, as the truth is, by being offered in sacrifice. For Hadrian, as I have stated, was always very curious and employed divinations and incantations of all kinds.” (Book LXIX, translation via uchicago)

Dio here curiously suggests that Hadrian, under some strange superstitious belief, either forced, or persuaded, Antinous to cut his life short, in order to prolong his own. We will probably never know exactly what happened to Antinous, except for the fact that it left Hadrian in all-consuming grief. 

After his death, Hadrian deified Antinous, elevating him to a god, constructed multiple temples and shrines to him, and founded the centre of the new cult, the city of Antinouspolis, next to the Nile, near where he had died. Throughout the Empire at this time, we see huge numbers of portraits of Antinous, and at least 10 marble images of him have been found at Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli. Often in these images Antinous will be given attributes of one of the Olympian deities, in the example at the top of this post, for example, he is shown in a syncretic Dionysus-Osiris pose. This colossal statue is titled the Braschi Antinous, and is thought to be from the villa of Hadrian at Praeneste. This sculpture dates to the years immediately after the death of Antinous. On his head we can see a crown of ivy berries and leaves. Although the diadem on top of his head has been restored to (what appears to be) a pine cone of sorts, it would originally have displayed either a lotus flower or a cobra (uraeus). 

Shown sculpture courtesy of & can be viewed at the Vatican Museums: Museo Pio-Clementino, inv. 256. Photos taken by Jastrow via the Wiki Commons. When writing up this post, James Morwood’s publication Hadrian (Bloomsbury 2013) was of use.

INTP Thought of the Day

…but time isn’t really real.


The Voyager Golden Records are phonograph records which were included aboard both Voyager spacecraft, which were launched in 1977. They contain sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth, and are intended for any intelligent extraterrestrial life form, or for future humans, who may find them.

At the top left of the plate is a schematic representation of the hyperfine transition of hydrogen, which is the most abundant element in the universe. Below this symbol is a small vertical line to represent the binary digit 1. 
On the right side of the plaque, a man and a woman are shown in front of the spacecraft. Between the brackets that indicate the height of the woman, the binary representation of the number 8 can be seen in units of the wavelength of the hyperfine transition of hydrogen.
The right hand of the man is raised as a sign of good will. Although this gesture may not be understood, it offers a way to show the opposable thumb and how the limbs can be moved.
The radial pattern on the left of the plaque shows 15 lines emanating from the same origin. Fourteen of the lines have corresponding long binary numbers, which stand for the periods of pulsars. Since these periods will change over time, the epoch of the launch can be calculated from these values. The lengths of the lines show the relative distances of the pulsars to the Sun. 
The fifteenth line on the plaque extends to the far right, behind the human figures. This line indicates the Sun’s relative distance to the center of the galaxy.
At the bottom of the plaque is a schematic diagram of the Solar System. A small picture of the spacecraft is shown, and the trajectory shows its way past Jupiter and out of the Solar System. The binary numbers above and below the planets show the relative distance to the Sun.
Behind the figures of the human beings, the silhouette of the Pioneer spacecraft is shown in the same scale so that the size of the human beings can be deduced by measuring the spacecraft.

it’s been brought to my attention that moonpants has disappeared from the internet and taken their iconic remus/sirius fics with them. but never fear, I AM HERE! and i come bearing gifts: 

i’ve uploaded them to dropbox so you can read them online or download the .pdf files if you fancy! you’re fucking welcome!

How Many People Can Say They Have Heard An Authentic Rebel Yell?

To our knowledge this is the only surviving example of the Rebel Yell given by one of the 140,000 Tar Heels who defended the state of North Carolina. We encourage you to listen to this voice from the past, read the see information below to learn of the man behind the voice and how this audio treasure came to be recorded for posterity.

Click on a links below to hear the Rebel Yell from:
Pvt. Thomas N. Alexander of the 37th North Carolina Troops



Rebel Yell - Short Version (11 seconds, 1 MB)
Rebel Yell - Long Version (36 Seconds, 3 MB)
Full Interview - (3 minutes 15 seconds, 6 MB)
Recorded by: WBT Radio of Charlotte, North Carolina

This Thomas N. Alexander of Co. I was reported in newspapers to have joined in Charlotte in Feb. 1862 though the North Carolina Soldiers book shows him joining in 1864 at Liberty Mills, near Orange, Va. The audio files accompanying this page were recorded by the general manager of WBT radio at a Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting in 1935 when Alexander was 90 years old. 

Alexander then says whenever the Yankees heard the Rebel Yell, “they would fly,” meaning run away. The interviewer then asks all of the veterans in attendance to give the yell. They give several, controlled monosyllabic calls. Apparently, at some point later in the meeting, perhaps in a more private room as the sound quality seems to improve, the interviewer asks Alexander to give his own version of the yell.

As Zacariah recalled, ‘the entire city was in a state of uproar because [the students] were spending their time studying magic books instead of applying themselves to law.’
—  Grimoires: A History of Magic Books, by Owen Davies

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The papers of this artist were processed with funding from the National Public Historical Publications and Records Commission, part of the National Archives.

March is the birthday month of  Wanda Gág (1893–1946), American artist, author, translator and illustrator. She is most noted for writing and illustrating the children’s book Millions of Cats which won a Newbery Honor Award in 1928 and is still in print.

Wanda started out as a graphic arist, and her first solo exhibition was at the New York Public Library in 1923. A 1926 show  n New York’s Weyhe Gallery in 1926 led to her recognition as “one of America’s most promising young graphic artists” and the following year,  her article “These Modern Women: A Hotbed of Feminists” was published in The Nation. Her work continued to be shown in galleries, The Museum of Modern Art 1939 exhibition “Art in Our Time” and the 1939 New York World’s Fair “American Art Today” show.

But perhaps she is best remembered as a children’s book illustrator. In addition to Millions of Cats, she published 15 books, including her illustrated translation of Grimm’s fairy tales and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Some of Gág’s papers are held in the Kerlan Collection at the University of Minnesota, the New York Public Library, the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Her childhood home in New Ulm, Minnesota has been restored and is now the Wanda Gág House, a museum and interpretive center which offers tours and educational programs

The NHPRC funded the processing of her papers at the University of Pennsylvania, some 40 boxes of materials. You can read the Finding Aid at http://dla.library.upenn.edu/dla/ead/ead.html?id=EAD_upenn_rbml_MsColl310